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When physicians need to ask for help

from Scientific American

Studies from major medical journals have shown that 28 percent of medical students exhibit symptoms of depression, but only 12.9 percent of depressed students seek treatment. Among resident physicians (those who have graduated medical school but are not yet ready for independent practice), the statistics are even more dire. Over 40 percent of medical residents across the country screened positive for depression with the two-item PRIME-MD screening test (During the past month, have you [a] often been bothered by feeling down, depressed or hopeless? [b] often been bothered by little interest or pleasure in doing things?). However, consequent to fear of negative implications for being able to obtain a medical license or for their future careers, many students and residents do not seek help until it is too late. more


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